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Auburn Hearing Loss May Be Related to Vitamin D Loss

”What did you say?” Does this sound familiar when talking with your senior parents or grandparents (and occasionally your kids)? Hearing loss is so common. It’s practically an inescapable issue as we age. Does it have to be though? Researchers are researching it, and Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C. is following the study to incorporate into our nutrition care! Vitamin D deficiency is again deemed a culprit in this side-effect of aging.

HEARING LOSS IN ADULTS

Quite a few older Auburn adults experience hearing loss. It’s frustrating, but new research provides some direction on how to potentially prevent it. A group of researchers pointed out that older people are at risk of hearing loss and osteoporosis. Vitamin D levels are tested in both conditions. Bone mineral density and hearing loss have been associated in the research. These researchers discovered that low vitamin D levels were associated to low-frequency and speech-frequency hearing loss as were 1-unit reductions in femoral neck BMD and total spine BMD. (1) An additional study of participants with no apparent hearing loss – 30 low in vitamin D, 30 low in vitamin B12, 30 controls – found that B12 and vitamin D deficiencies were significantly associated with cochlear ear health and function. It was recommended that patients with these vitamin deficiencies should also be examined for cochlear function. (2) Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C. proposes starting with a test of your vitamin levels!

HEARING LOSS IN CHILDREN

In children who have a deficiency of vitamin D, 53.4% sufferered hearing loss with 17% experiencing moderate-profound hearing loss. These children (as well as children with low calcium levels) were more likely to experience sensorineural hearing loss, a type of hearing loss that is less likely to get better over time. Children with vitamin D deficiency as well as a femur fracture, a significantly higher rate of hearing loss was seen. Children with low calcium levels were found to be at higher risk of moderate-profound hearing loss. (3) Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C. looks out for the kids, too. Their vitamin levels and hearing need evaluating, too!

SUDDEN ONSET HEARING LOSS AND VITAMIN D DEFICIENCY

Sudden Sensory Neural Hearing Loss is another type of hearing loss that requires special attention in adults or children. When this sort of hearing loss happens, steroids are a common treatment. Patients with sufficient vitamin D levels recovered fully. 87.5% of patients with vitamin D deficiency and 12.5% of patients with insufficient vitamin D levels did not react at all. Vitamin D was more evident in SSNHL patients than healthy patients. (4) Vitamin D is so important!

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Schedule your Auburn chiropractic appointment today. Whether you are sick of being the one asking “Huh?” or answering “Huh?,” you and your vitamin D levels are of consequence to us! Let us test them out for your hearing loss risk and your risk of osteoporosis’ sake.

 
Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C. presents new research about low vitamin D levels and hearing loss.  
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